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TEDYouth 2014, in pictures

TEDYouth 2014 was an explosion of “Worlds Imagined.” On Saturday, November 15, New York students gathered for a day of punchy, inspiring talks that brought them to the Sahara Desert when it was a river wonderland for dinosaurs, to the surface of Mars as the Curiosity Rover makes its way up a mountain, and into the kitchen of a tiny house built by a 14-year-old. Below, photos from the event.

At the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, 550 middle and high school students came together for TEDYouth 2014. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

At the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, 550 middle and high school students came together for TEDYouth 2014. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim tells the story of how he discovered the Spinosaurus, which may have been the largest carnivorous dinosaur to ever live. Oh, and it lived in the water. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim tells the story of how he discovered Spinosaurus, which may have been the largest carnivorous dinosaur to ever live. It likely lived in the water. Read a recap of Ibrahim’s session. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Assistant host -- and high schooler -- Evan pumps up the crowd before introducing the next TEDYouth speaker. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Assistant host — and high schooler — Evan pumps up the crowd before introducing the next TEDYouth speaker. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

During a break, an attendee meets a monarch butterfly at Jaap de Roode's activity table. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

During a break, an attendee meets a monarch butterfly at Jaap de Roode’s activity table. Read about de Roode’s talk. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Super Smash Bros. Melee champion Lilian Chen, also known as Milktea, plays against an attendee. Who actually lasted pretty long before being beat. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

Super Smash Bros. Melee superstar Lilian Chen, also known as Milktea, plays a TEDYouth attendee. Read about Chen’s talk. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

Tahir Hemphill created the Hip Hop Word count to study the lyrics of 50,000 hip hop songs. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Tahir Hemphill created the Hip Hop Word count to study the lyrics of 50,000 hip hop songs. Read a recap of Hemphill’s session. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

An attendee holds one of Sarah Bergbreiter's tiny, tiny robots in the palm of her hand. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

An attendee holds one of Sarah Bergbreiter’s tiny, tiny robots in the palm of her hand. Read about Bergbreiter’s talk. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Attendees spiff up a bike with Hickies shoelaces. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

Attendees spiff up a bike with Hickies shoelaces. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

Nineteen-year-old Carol Brown performs her spoken-word poem about New York City, "Foundations." Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Nineteen-year-old Carol Brown performs her spoken word poem about New York City, “Foundations.” Read a recap of Brown’s session. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

TED-Ed animators give attendees a lesson in how to create animation. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

TED-Ed animators give attendees a lesson in how to create animation. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

Hosts Kelly Stoetzel and Rives pump up the crowd. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Hosts Kelly Stoetzel and Rives pump up the crowd. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Attendees snap a photo under a piece of art at the Brooklyn Museum. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Attendees snap a photo under a piece of art at the Brooklyn Museum. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Two attendees (and hip hop enthusiasts) introduce the next speaker, Tahir Hempill of the Hip Hop Word Count. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Two attendees (and hip hop enthusiasts) introduce the next speaker, Tahir Hempill of the Hip Hop Word Count. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Jennifer Mascia, the daughter of a convicted Mafia gunman, explains the importance of reporting on—and stopping—gun violence. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Jennifer Mascia, the daughter of a convicted Mafia gunman, explains the importance of reporting on—and stopping—gun violence. Read a youth reporter Q&A with Mascia. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Attendees share some of their ideas worth spreading. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Attendees share some of their ideas worth spreading. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Teenage chef Flynn McGarry talks about his beets, which taste as good as meat. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

Teenage chef Flynn McGarry talks about his beets, which taste as good as meat. Read about McGarry’s talk. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

During an open mic, attendees share what they would take with them on a trip to Mars. Most popular answer: their parents. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

During an open mic, attendees share what they would take with them on a trip to Mars. Most popular answer: their parents. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

An attendee creates an LED light with magnetic littleBits blocks. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

An attendee creates an LED light with magnetic littleBits blocks. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Old National Geographics become art, at a station run by Brian Dettmer. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

Old National Geographics become art, at a station run by Brian Dettmer. Read about Dettmer’s talk. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED